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part of the city that never sleeps is in the dark. the wall of a four story building collapsed in manhattan exposing apartments inside. no one was injured. at least seven storm related deaths have been reported in connecticut, maryland and five in new york including three children. public transportation for more than 12 million people came to a halt in new york, flil and washington, d.c. when the eye of the storm passed over atlantic city the winds abated and clouds parted and full moon came out. >>> 60 million people will be impacted by this storm. fema has pledged over 3 beaten $5 billion for the cleanup if necessary. >> carolyn: and it's not just wind and rain punishing people. schools are closed in south carolina and blizzard warnings in west virginia. sandhya patel is here to show us where the storm is. >> check out doppler radar. you will see this storm is covering a large part of the east coast. there is snow falling right now and rain continues to batter the east coast. we'll show you where the snow is falling right now. it is extending from colombia, ohio, down to west
. crippling new york city with a wall of water and a massive power outage. >> overnight, hospitals evacuated. a damaged crane dangling 90 stories up. what a long night it's been. and daylight will reveal so much more. a special edition of "america this morning," the perfect storm, begins right now. >>> and good morning, everyone. we begin straight away this morning with the very latest on sandy. a historic storm in so many ways. more than a dozen deaths are being blamed on sandy right now. and that number is likely to rise. >> some 5 million people are without power so far, from all along the eastern seaboard. even into the midwest. today, also, stock markets will be closed again for a second-straight day. a continuation of their first unplanned shutdown since the 9/11 attacks. >>> and at this hour, there is breaking news from queens, new york, where as many as 50 homes have been destroyed by fire. the heavy winds are making it extremely difficult to battle the flames. nearly 200 firefighters were called to the scene, trying to rescue people. no word yet on what set off those fires. >> have
's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >>> it's the worst thing that happened in this city, certainly, since 9/11. >> millions in the northeast struggle in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> the death toll continues to rise as a result of the storm. >> more than 6.5 million people are still without electricity. >> very difficult day. >> new jersey certainly hit the hardest. >> itis sight of devastation that makes it look as if there had been a bombing there. >> rescue teams trying to go house to house helping those who could not leave on their own. >> trapped in their house for 24 hours now. no cold. no heat. no electric. a lot of them were just tired. >> it could take days before subway lines are running normal in new york city. >> you're the most popular guy in the city today, huh? >> yes, sir. >> wall street up and running today for the first time since superstorm sandy blew ashore. >> breezy point was absolutely devastated. it was completely leveled. >> we're just devastated from this. shocked. shocked that it's happened to us. >> governor romney is cautiously venturing back on to th
lunky to most people, but given that we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world and there is always a need for more affordable housing. we just feel now it's a good time to assess and inform ourselves of how we are doing in terms of reaching our goals as it relates to middle-income housing. as many of you know, we have something called "prop c housing trust fund," on the ballot. hopefully it will go through this fa and in it we have provisions for all types of housing, but there are also some provisions for middle-income housing and for down payment assistance loans for people who are buying homes for the first time. so there is also a large need we're finding. we're going to have one of the largest aging populations in the state. i think we'll be -- yeah, i think the 6th largest city in state and aging population. we have needs and the disabled community has housing needs as well that aren't being met currently. so we think it's the best place to start forming policy is by informing ourselves about what we are doing in the city. the and the only way to do th
the new york city subways are safe. thanks for watching. i will pass it off to anderson cooper, who is in asbury park, new jersey. >> erin, thanks very much. we are live in asbury park. i'm here with rob marciano. what's an amazing situation here -- [ no audio ] >>- i was able to walk to the boardwalk which is about two blocks from where we are right now. it's now impossible to get over there. we are actually kind of seeking safety behind this suv. if you pan down, you can see the water has come, there's about six inches of water now about two blocks from the ocean. the water has just moved in here incredibly fast. it really has all happened in the last 30 minutes or so. >> it really has. we thought maybe a few hours ago that it was speeding up, maybe it wouldn't be as bad as we thought. certainly you have to believe that scenes like what we're seeing right now are happening up and down the jersey shoreline, being inundated with the storm surge, crashing over the boardwalk. is town is under water. >> obviously we lost power about an 15 nutes ago but there are still a couple street l
new york city evacuated just these areas in the five burros for this storm, the people who were subject to just that order, just the people who live in the red area as marked on this map, just those people was larger than half the population of more than a handful of u.s. states. just the population in that evacuation area is the population of the whole new orleans. this is just a fraction. and a lot of people remain in this densely-populated area living under circumstances they have never lived in before. tonight rescue efforts here are ongoing in northern new jersey. several were inundated with water late last night when a tie tall surge overflowed its banks. >> normally the the water rises up through the ground. but this time they said it came down the streets and started pouring into their basements. first a trickle and then it was like a waterfall. there was no place to run, no place to hide. they had 15 minutes depending on where you lived in this 1.7 square mile town. most of them could not. >> most of them could not. we'll be getting a live report from that area later on
with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >>> it's the worst thing that happened to this city certainly since 9/11. >> millions in the northeast struggle in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> at least 55 deaths are reported. >> in sandy's wake, 6.5 million people are still without electricity. >> very difficult day. >> new jersey hit the hardest. >> site of devastation that makes it took like there was a bombing there. >> rescue teams triangle to go house to house helping those who couldn't leave on their own. >> trapped in their house for 24 hours. >> a lot of them were tired. >> take days before subway lines are running normal in new york city. >> most popular guy in the city today. >> guess so. >> wall street will be up and running today. >> breezy point was devastated by fires. the area was completely leveled. >> we're what devastated from this. shocked. shocked that this happened to us. >> governor romney is cautiously venturing back on the kmain trail. president obama tied up with the storm. >> two major airports serving the new york area reopened this morning while laguard
city neighborhood burned to the ground. downed trees leave millions without power. floodwaters drive thousands from their homes. >> this is a community. this is our people, our friends. >> i got nothing left. >> pelley: also tonight, we're in the air with the army corps of engineers as they try to figure out how to get the water and the debris out of the disaster area. the president sees the destruction for himself. >> we are here for you. >> pelley: our team of cbs news correspondents will bring you comprehensive coverage of the aftermath of sandy. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from breezy point, new york. >> pelley: good evening. we've come here because no community has seen more destruction from hurricane sandy than this. this entire neighborhood, the new york city city observe borof queens, 111 homes destroyed by fire the night the storm hit. we'll have more on this in just a moment, but first, let us give you the big picture in the aftermath of sandy. nearly six million homes and businesses in 13 states are still
're going to get through this together. it's a city that always does. let me summarize for our spanish speakers in our audience. [ speaking spanish ] >> the message is one more time. don't call 9-1-1 unless it's a life-threatening emergency, and number two, don't go out and don't drive. you're blocking the emergency vehicles from getting where they want to go. por most of the people who stayed off the roads and particularly awful those who got out of zone -- all of those who got out of zone a when we ordered everybody to get out, you made the right decision, and we're grateful for the cooperation, and we'll do everything we can go at th to gf the services we need to everybody and to get the city going. most of it i hope will come back during the day tomorrow. we're going to get through this the way we always do. thank you very much. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. tonight a monster storm sandy slamming the entire east coast. powerful winds and torrential rain turning dangerous and deadly. already at least five confirmed deaths in new york. one man was crushed to death when a tree f
canceled in the northeast. >> there's a mandatory evacuation. >> new york city all but shut down. there is no mass transit. >> i don't want to stay because i value my life. that's why. >> the big concern is the flooding. they are expecting a surge here of about ten-foot waves here in lower manhattan. >> it's going to be here soon. going to be here soon. we'll see. hang on tight. >> the weather threat is also blowing the presidential campaign plans off course with both candidates canceling events. >> who knew the october surprise was going to be a hurricane. we've had everything else in this campaign, why not that? >> and the giants have won it all! >> world champs baby. world champs. >> the celebrations are going strong in the city by the bay. >> the bars are closed in detroit. 2:00. what i got is a victory -- i'm a giant fan. >> to the end zone -- touchdown! >> out of bounds. the pass is incomplete. >> touchdown! new england. >> all that matters -- >> if you guys get in a fight when we get to the break, i'm not going to break it up. we'll finish it. >> this has all the makings for a devas
. floods have taken over many of the underground systems in new york city and the brooklyn battery tunnel which connects lower manhattan to brooklyn is basically underwater as well. you will see amazing pictures over next couple hours. they're coming in every minute as we speak. this super storm has literally knocked out power to more than 7 million homes and businesses in 17 states. nearly four million dark in in new york and new jersey right now. this storm plunged parts of lower manhattan into complete darkness. it turned the streets near wall street into rivers. basically, from just south of the empire state building down. they have complete darkness. a very eerie sight for everybody in this area. let's go to rick leventhal who has weathered this storm throughout the night in one of the hardest hit places on the jersey shore. that is point pleasant beach, new jersey. it is beautiful beachfront area so hard hit. rick, what can you tell us today? >> reporter: martha the sun peeking out for first time in more than 24 hours. we're getting first look at widespread devastation along the new
day. sandy strengthens and targets a paralyzed east coast right now. you have new york city basically shut down. coastal areas in new jersey, maryland, virginia, preparing for the worst. this is a massive, massive storm. and it could truly affect people from maine all the way down to north carolina. as far west as the great lakes. that is 900 miles from coast to coast. good morning everybody, i'm martha maccallum, here in "america's newsroom". bill: i'm bill hemmer. good morning of live today from cincinnati, ohio. it is the critical battleground state in the race for the white house only eight days away. sandy making her presence known on the trail. president obama canceling an hour ago a trip he planned to orlando, florida. he will monitor the storm in the white house. the romney team dropping fund-raising e-mails up and down the east coast. over the next two hours we will talk to the voters of this critical state, especially in the southwestern part of the state and talk about why ohio could be the most critical battleground state of 2008, martha. martha: you about first, bill, tea
wind gusts have head. it is expected to make landfall around atlantic city, new jersey. the resort town reporting heavy damage to the boardwalk there. the casinos are closed for the fourth time in history that that has ever happened. heading up the coastline to point pleasant beach, another popular tourist destination along the jersey shore. today it is evacuated. look at the live pictures. the wind starting to pick up, you can see the surf for yourselves. that is still about 90 minutes away. further north to new york city in battery park, that is at the southern tip of manhattan where john was, one of the lowest points in the city. the rain is starting to pick up. the promenade -- live pictures. you can see the statue of liberty very vaguely. there she is. but, not where you would normally see people riding their bikes, walking their dogs, expected to be swallowed by a wall of water 6 feet high. we have a dozen reporters stationed along the coastline. we will begin with janice dean who will start us off with a big picture. reporter: 60 million people. the angle of the storm is going to
right here on ktvu that help will be sent to oakland. police and city leaders are talking about the plan this hour. we will have. >>> two wins in the books. two more to go for the giants to get another world series title. right now the giants are in the air on their way to detroit. game three of the world series starts tomorrow. we are live and we were there as the team left and they aren't taking anything for granted. >> reporter: no. the giants know what it's like to be behind in expires come back and win the whole thing and they don't want to give detroit the chance to do that. as much as they would like to clinch at home they would rather just win the next two games, sweep the series, call it done and then come home for a parade. the team started arriving just after eight. game faces on. posey, wilson, sandoval, romo the last on board before they left. >> we are excited. the guys got rest. we are going to detroit. we will -- have a light work out and relax tonight and just get set to go the first game and we like where we are at but we know we have a lot of work to do. >> reporter:
. >> gretchen: we have every angle covered for you . peter is in the beach. and todd in new york city and we have maria molina as well to bring us the latest on the weather situation. >> brian: first we will update you overnight. a massive fire burning in queens. devastating to see and no sign of being contained. 50 homes are in flames at this hour and the situation is going from bad to worse. joining us on the phone is power authority spokesman michael. michael so far 50 homes. are firefighters working on this? >> right now facts are sketchy. we believe that the power was out in the area before the fire started and so we are not involved in the fire-fighting activitis and we don't know the cause. >> steve: i know that apparently 25 houses are destroyed so far. and 195 firefighters are working the blaze two people with minor injuries. the problem in cases like this, michael, sometimes when a fire starts, if there is flooding firefighters can't get to it and it gets oust control. >> i can't speculate on the issue of the fire. there is a lot of outages and breezy point has been out of power fo
trying to come into this -- into this city. and also ultimately trying to leave. new york's smaller airports, laguardia airport, which mainly serves domestic destinations, that remains closed due to flooding. newark liberty international airport reopens for limited service at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. both good signs of life. a sign of life returning to normal but only beginning. small signs. 18 new yorkers we know have now lost their lives in this storm. 15 elsewhere. nearly 7 million are without power tonight, including about 750,000 here in new york. amazingly, no one died in the building you see behind me here. the entire facade of this building behind me collapsed. we're in a neighborhood called chelsea, really on the border of chelsea and greenwich village. but the picture says a lot. take a look at that. the entire facade of the building, which was being used frankly as an illegal hotel, mostly for overseas visitors, the entire facade is gone. the four rooms tell the story of this storm in minute chur. thankfully, we understand, nobody was killed in there. it could have been much w
. some people chose not to leave. that included atlantic city, new jersey, where a section of the boardwalk washed away. emergency workers were rescuing some residents with light boats and -- lifeboats and high water vehicles throughout the day. at this point, the governor told people if you are still home, don't try to get out. hunker dune try to ride the storm out. the storm surge could be tight 12 feet. the winds are at their peak of the day. right now, for more on the storm, we are going to doug mckelway in delaware. >> thank you. two major developments this afternoon, served to basically isolate the community and others along the peninsula. earlier in afternoon, the storm breached the dunes south of here, effectively meeting with the back bay, shutting down the main coastal route. route 1. bethany beach is closed. they remain closed for some days to come. in addition to that, the chesapeake bay bridge that links baltimore and washington to the eastern shore of delaware, maryland and virginia has always been shut down. because of high wind warnings. the good news is the
here in new york city. mario, i'm on the hudson river where the winds have picked up, the water is quickly rising and the storm is about to break. >> we have been watching some trulyllhilling images today -- massive waves, houses slammed, reporters dragged into the ocean. >> yeah, mario, i is gegetting scary out here. we're getting pelted with rain and it's only going to get worse. >> millions of americans in danger, a once-in-a-century super storm seemingly hell bent on wreaking a path of total destruction up a down the east coast. homes washing away. >> parts breaking off and falling into the ocean. >> reporting washing away. >> whoa! >> 60 million people will be impacted. >> this is one for the record books. >> closed, shut, blaring front-page nds sandy's path. journalists putting their lives on the line to cover the mster maelstrom. >> it's biting ice pelts slamming across us. >> cbs's chip reid caught in a sudden storm surge. >> whoa! >> that wave just came roaring over. >> abc matt gutman and his cameraman swamped by a wall of water trying to escape to higher ground. even
first". the entire northeast including major cities from washington to boston bracing for sandy. it is a monster storm. it is projected to bring life threatening storm surges with hurricane force winds and even heavy snow to some parts of west virginia. in the meantime sandy has shut down some airlines mountain transit into the new york area. the new york stock exchange stools a schools and banks as w. >> we have live team coverage for you. peter doocy sis live in delawar. mriz bette pran in the outer banks of north carolina. first we start with maria molina for the latest on sandy's path. where is sandy now? >> it is more than 300 miles away from the new york city areas to the south and southeast. we have an update from the national hurricane center. hurricane center moves through the storm and found out sandy has further intensified. the pressure dropped more and incredibly low out across the latitudes. maximum sustained winds stronger as well at 85 miles per hour. sandy is forecast to continue to strengthen and becoming post tropical system or extra tropical system that is no
an enormous inferno in new york city. 80 homes burned to the ground in one devastated seaside community. many evacuated residents still uncertain whether they have a home to go back to. >>> a new jersey nuclear plant deer clairing an alert after floodwaters rose seven feet high. an update and more all "happening now." jon: good morning to you, from a shell-shocked northeast. i'm jon scott. jenna: nice to have you back in the studio. jon: great to be back. jenna: you felt the elements out there. jon: it wasn't as bad when i was out there as it got. jenna: show you comparisons yesterday, you get the feeling what the last 24 hours means not only for new york city but the entire east coast. i'm jenna lee. we're so glad you're with us today. new york and new jersey declared major disaster areas, one day after the super storm, named sandy slammed into the u.s. mainland and left behind a trail of devastation. at least 18 people are dead across seven states and more than seven million now without power. you have huge portions of the state of new jersey underwater at this hour, including the resort to
york city, hosted by the catholic archdiocese. both men worked on one-liners as artfully as they sparred tuesday night, here just a few moments people will surely be talking about today. >> i was actually hoping the president would bring joe biden along this evening, because he'll laugh at anything. >> i feel really well rested after the long nap i had in the first debate. i particularly want to apologize to chris matthews. four years ago i gave him a thrill up his leg. this time around i gave him a stroke. >> as president obama surveys the waldorf banquet room, with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he's thinking. so little time, so much to redistribute. >> after my foreign trip in 2008 i was attacked as a celebrity, because i was so popular with our allies overseas. i have to say i'm impressed with how well governor romney has avoided that problem. >> in the spirit ofsesame street, the president's remarks are brought to you by the letter "o" and the number 16 trillion. >> i don't have a joke here. i thought it would be useful to remind everybody.
in city's western edition neighborhood. according to a detective a 30- year-old woman who was driving this car, you see flipped over -- that's now in the process of getting towed. she was shot four times and while on the way to the hospital she said she had been trying to park when she heard and felt the gun fire. police have been searching through the crime scene since early this morning marking shell casings and bullet holes. they say there were two shooters involve though they don't have any suspect descriptions. based on where all the shell casings are it seems to indicate that the shooters walked up to the car and opened fire. one of the detectives said they don't think it was a random attack. they suspect woman had a connection to the people who shot her. as far the woman's condition he is expected to survive. she was taken to the hospital and is having surgery and is in stable condition. this intersection -- let's take you back out live to see them towing this car just when we started this live shot the car was upside down. you heard the noise, the tow truck had chains and they
the east coast. here's hoboken, new jersey, still flooded by sandy and new york city, a city divided between light and dark. no one can answer the big question, when will all the new york lights come back on. let's take a look at this. new video of super storm sandy on the tip of lower manhattan. just shows you how extensive the damage is and why the entire subway system remains closed tonight, more than 24 hours after sandy blasted ashore. we'll have the latest on the fate of the subway and when it may be up and running in a few moments. plus this dramatic video, up to ten feet of the water in the nyu langone medical center. nurses carried sick newborn babies down nine flights of stairs while manually pumping air into their lungs. extraordinary. i will talk to the doctor who managed the evacuation. meanwhile, search and rescue missions have been going on all day long. president obama will travel to new jersey tomorrow to view the damage along with governor chris christie. a governor who surprised many people today when he called the president, and i quote, outstanding and incredibly
city struggling to recover. hundreds of thousands are still without power and a flooded subway system remains shut down. >>> more than 80 homes in that tight-knit neighborhood in queens in new york burned to the ground during the storm. amazingly, just three minor injuries there. >>> and president obama gets the firsthand look at the destruction today as he comes to new jersey. >>> the human toll from sandy, 33 people killed in the u.s., 6.5 million customers remain without power. the total cost of property damage and lost busiest mated betwe business is estimated at $10 to $20 billion. and that could be on the low end. good morning, i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. we have a field of reporters covering the aftermath of sandy from every angle. rob marciano in new york city. dan lothian and paul steinhouser standing by in washington, d.c. and richard quest is also out there for us. >> with 1/3 of the people in new york city, 2 million people here without power. transportation is at a virtual standstill at a few time where few people have cars, not to mention the property and d
a dollar. now, here's the thing. when 9/11 happened in new york city, they waived the stafford act. said this is too serious a problem, we can't expect new york city to rebuild on its own. forget that dollar have you to put in. here's $10. that was the right thing to do. when hurricane andrew struck in florida, people said, look at this devastation. we don't expect to you come up with your money, here. here's the money to rebuild. we are not going to wait for to you scratch it together because you are part of the american family. what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? where's your stafford act mony? makes no sense. tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. tells me that somehow the people down in new orleans, they don't care about as m >> greta: now, that was part of the speech that was not reported on in the 2008 presidential campaign. other parts were covered, but they were still controversial. one example, then senator obama, praising his controversial pastor reverend jeremiah wright. this was just three months after he cancelled him from giving a prayer in his 20
with its aftermath. breaking news tonight, 18 people have now lost their lives here in new york city alone. that is directly from new york's mayor, mike bloomberg, who spoke just a short time ago. there are rescues under way right now as well. we will bring you one of them shortly. if you are in an area on the eastern seaboard and you have power and you know somebody who does not have power, try to listen closely to the information we are going to give you in this hour and pass along that information to someone who does not have power. if you have power tonight and a roof and home, consider yourself very lucky. there are many people right now in this city and elsewhere along the eastern seaboard who do not. i want to show you the scene where i'm standing in the chelsea neighborhood in new york city. no one died in the building over there, the building behind me here on the border between chelsea and greenwich village but the picture says a lot. the entire facade of this apartment building ripped off, fell last night. those four rooms tell the story in miniature. this is actually an illegal
. >>> mayor misconduct. an elderly mayor admits to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her city but she's not going jail. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, october 12, 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. compared to last week's presidential debate last night's faceoff between vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan was like a shoot out at the ok corral. from the get go it was a pull no punches performance by both candidates. they squared off on everything from the economy to foreign affairs. randall good morning. >> reporter: good morning. both candidates came here on a mission. congressman ryan to criticize the obama administration's failures and republican solutions while vice president biden was defending the presidential record and also complaining about the republican plan for the nation. >> i will be very specific -- >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect that's a bunch of malarky. >> reporr: the vice president and ryan clashed over
city denied. "fox and friends" starts right now. ♪ >> gretchen: good morning, we start with an extreme weather alert. devastation sandy has left behind unimaginable and cities must begin the grueling recovery . the super storm killed 55 men, women and children and first responders. estimates of the physical damage are at 20 billion dollars and the recover will have to wait. eight million people are in the dark and aren't expected to get power back for weeks. hardest hit is new jersey, new york and pennsylvania. meanwhile, the president of the united states asked mayor bloomburg, i would like to take a look at all of the damage and mayor bloomburg had a press conference and said we are flattered by the fact that the president of the united states would like to come and visit us, but not right now and we are really busy and the first responders need to pay to exeem put things back in order. it would be great if the president goes to new jersey and the president will tour the devastation with the chief executive new jersey chris christy. >> gretchen: when the president comes the city is s
. occupy protestors threatened to reoccupy the area around city hall. brian flores is in oakland with the rally marking the first anniversary of the big police raid. >> reporter: good morning. first off stark contrast in what we saw last year at occupy oakland in terms of last night. there are still reminders of what happened last night. there are still signs. there is some graffiti on sidewalks and walls. we talked about some businesses yesterday that took some precautions before the march. you can see the chase bank behind me still has boarded up windows. as we roll the video of what happened last night. about 175 protestors gathered peacefully starting yesterday afternoon and into the evening. there was a vigil and martha went from city hall 20 lake merit to china town and back to the plaza. there was a large police presence here last night. one protestor tossed a rock that hit an officer in the chest. that officer was not hurt and a second person was arrested for about instructing an -- obstructing an officer in a narcotics possession. there was a call from occupy oakland as
in los angeles after holding two fundraisers in the city last night. he's got three more in san francisco today. and we learned over the weekend that the obama campaign brought in 1$181 million in september. the largest one-month haul of this campaign. 6,000 obama supporters paid at least $250 each to join the president at a star-studded concert in downtown los angeles. the lineup included katy perry, stevie wonder, jon bon jovi and jennifer hudson. president obama praised them all while poking fun at himself. >> and everybody here is incredible professionals. they're such great friends. and they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: it was the first public acknowledgment that his debate performance wednesday night might not have been the strongest. earlier sunday on "face the nation" campaign strategist david axelrod admitted the president wasn't completely happy with his showing. >> the president is his harshest critic. without getting into detail, i think you can assume that he's reviewed the tape. and it will inform -- it will inform how
york city aren't taking any chance. last night the mass transit system was shut down. second time in history new york subway has been suspended for weather reasons. bus and commuter rail service was halted. at grand central the doors were locked. the usually bustling floor of the massive train terminal was empty. the final train departing a few minutes after 7:00. and we go to battery park, an area under mandatory evacuation orders. >> reporter: good morning. it's not the rain or wind that's causing so much concern here it's the possibility of a storm surge that could reach up to 11 feet. officials say that would be enough to swamp low-lying areas of the city, flood subway tunnels and knock out power to thousands. new york mayor michael bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuations in flood prone areas. forcing 375,000 people to seek temporary shelter. >> if you don't evacuate you're not putting your own life in danger but endangering our first responders. >> reporter: the storm surge could send the hudson river tumbling into lower manhattan. as a precaution wall street will be closed f
is located about 310 miles south-southeast of new york city at the moment. emergency officials in new york city and washington, d.c. have taken unprecedented action to deal with the storm shutting down the mass transit systems and cancelling schools. >> stock markets here in new york have been closed for today, possibly they will be closed tomorrow as well. and here's why. look at the size of this storm. this is a nasa image from space captured over the weekend. the hurricane is about 800 miles wide. that means it's going to impact a huge region and since it's moving so slowly only 15 or 10 miles an hour it will impact that region for a very long time. >> obviously a huge weather story. there's a political story here too. the presidential election just eight days away, president obama began his day in florida but with the weather deteriorating in washington, d.c., he rushed back to the white house. he cancelled his appearance in orlando and has just now cancelled an event for tomorrow scheduled for green bay, wisconsin and governor romney has also cancelled some of his events. we'll have m
helicopters into the city. >> what do you expect to be the most difficult rescues to be? >> well, right now, we know of a few people who have -- are getting hypothermic. there are some families with children that we're concerned about. we know that the new york police department and the fire department in new york are also out there. they are inundated with calls. they have many more than the call that came directly to us. and so, there is a lot of people out there who do need some help right now. we are going to have -- we can't get to them and neither can the police or the fire department right now. we will wait for the weather to break and daylight to come. >> so what do you -- tell those people? can you communicate with them? >> well, the way we are communing with them is via cell phone, as long as their cell phones at a so, we can keep contact with them and make sure things are going good for them, giving them advice and encouraging them to wait until rescueirs can get to them. hopefully, in the meantime, the major part of the surge has hit us and has begun to recede. hopefully, they w
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